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Parliamentarians demand inclusion of polio workers issue in talks

ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly are demanding the issue of polio workers to be made a condition in the ongoing peace talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ARY News reports on Tuesday.

The session of the Parliament was chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, MNA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said that the federal government should lay a demand in front of the militants to stop their attack on polio volunteers. He added that Taliban is carrying out attacks on polio workers on the basis of ignorance.

Aftab Ahmad Sherpao said that Ulema should issue a fatwa that polio drops is not prohibited.

Shazia Marri of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stated that eradication of polio virus should be a priority for the entire state.

Federal Minister Riaz Pirzada, talking on the musical programs being aired on Geo Entertainment, said that instructions have been given to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to monitor the programs. He added that the media regulatory authority will surely take action if any program containing unsuitable action is being aired on television.

Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, said that the curriculum of seminary education will be amended after consultation with seminaries. The Parliament passed a resolution to improve the quality of education with the religious seminaries.

However, the resolution of lifting the ban on video hosting website Youtube was postponed.

MNA Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed walked out of the Assembly due to the lack of interest by other members of the house in the session.

State Bank Amendment Bill 2014 was presented in the NA Session as well.

The parliament will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday.

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Parliamentarians demand inclusion of polio workers issue in talks

by Raza Haidery